Clause Structure and Language Change

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Adrian Battye, Ian G. Roberts
Oxford University Press, 1995 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 369 pages
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The Principles-and-Parameters approach to linguistic theory has triggered an enormous amount of work in comparative syntax over the last decade or so. A natural consequence of the growth in synchronic comparative work has been a renewed interest in questions of diachronic syntax, and this collection testifies to that trend. These papers focus on questions of clause structure which have become a central theme of theoretical work since the pioneering work in the late 1980s by Chomsky, Pollock, and others. The languages studied by an international roster of contributors include all the major Romance and Germanic languages. This volume is of central importance for anyone working in theoretical, comparative, or historical syntax.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Why UG Needs a Learning Theory
31
Two Types of Verb Second in
53
The Locus
80
Evidence for a VerbSecond Phase
110
IndoEuropean Origins
140
Verb Second
227
Null Subjects in VerbFirst
257
The Diachronic Development
295
Complement Clitics in Medieval
325
Cases of Verb Third
345
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Ian Roberts is at University of Wales.

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